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    barrymissy is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Is t4l right for me?

    I already homeschool. Have for a few years now. Took awhile to find the "right" curriculum but am happy we finally did. The only drawback to my curriculum is it doesn't start until 3rd grade. I have seven children with another on the way so time and energy are limited. I have a first grade boy who is still not reading independently. We have tried several different curriculums and all of them leave both him and I frustrated. I was looking into kumon when I stumbled upon t4l. In the fall I will also have a kindergartener in addition to the not yet reading '2nd' grader. Is t4l successful at teaching kids to read? We have used abc mouse a lot and the soon to be kindergartener is closer to reading then the 1st grader because she loves abc mouse. My son has lots of energy and abc mouse is only about getting tickets for him.

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    countrymomof4 is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    I cant help with the info on t4l as im looking into starting my children on it as well but my 7 soon to be 8 year old was struggling with reading as well he could not read alon an strugleed with high volume words as well. Hes been in public school since prek at 4 repeated kinder. He was recently tested for dislexia. They said he had several signs of it but anyways long story short. You should look into barton reading and spelling program. Its based on teaching children with dislexia but is also great for those that dont. We bought our level 1 2 months ago and i use it for my 7 and 6 year old. It is a great program. My son has gone from not reading at all to reading just below first grade level an thats useing the program as a toutor after school. In august we r jummping off into the homeschool world.

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    Hi barrymissy, I have home schooled my 3 children for 11 years, (my oldest just entered public high school of his own wishes =( ) Anyway, my youngest was having a great deal of trouble reading, I spent hundreds on programs, and finally tried Sylvan where we found out that she had a learning disability. I had to take her in to a specialist, and she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. I had to hire a special tutor to teach her to read, it was sad to find out, but a great relief to know I was not failing her. The tutors are very expensive, but they had her reading within 2 years. She finally learned how to read independently at the age of 9. You might want to have him tested? Good luck!

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    I have had my son on T4L since April 2010. However, I taught him to read first. I used Hooked On Phonics to teach literacy. I only focused on reading literacy his first year. 2009-2010. I signed him up for T4L in April 2010. He is a visual learner and thus this curriculum is very much tailored to his learning style, so there is not much he does not accomplish on T4L. There are certificates for end of lesson achievements and he is thrilled when he gets those!

    I tried out discovery education this year as well as I got a low price for a Buy In through my Homeschool Co-Op.

    Discovery Education is not as good as T4L is and they cost about the same.

    We bought our son an iPad Air in November and we are subscribed to an app on there that is interactive called Reading Rainbow.
    it is as if we have a Library On Tap in our home. The kids check out up to 5 books. they have 1000's to choose from and then return them when they are done. the app is 36$ every 6 months or 10$ mo.
    Among other apps that are helpful as well are AVKO Sequential Spelling for iPad. I have the DVD Roms as well but going through iPad is much more interactive.

    We will be with T4L for as long as they are in buisness. They now have High school stuff and they will most likely support HTML 5 in the future for iPad use as well.

    You will not be disappointed.

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    I have had my son on T4L since April 2010. However, I taught him to read first. I used Hooked On Phonics to teach literacy. I only focused on reading literacy his first year. 2009-2010. I signed him up for T4L in April 2010. He is a visual learner and thus this curriculum is very much tailored to his learning style, so there is not much he does not accomplish on T4L. There are certificates for end of lesson achievements and he is thrilled when he gets those!

    I tried out discovery education this year as well as I got a low price for a Buy In through my Homeschool Co-Op.

    Discovery Education is not as good as T4L is and they cost about the same.

    We bought our son an iPad Air in November and we are subscribed to an app on there that is interactive called Reading Rainbow.
    it is as if we have a Library On Tap in our home. The kids check out up to 5 books. they have 1000's to choose from and then return them when they are done. the app is 36$ every 6 months or 10$ mo.
    Among other apps that are helpful as well are AVKO Sequential Spelling for iPad. I have the DVD Roms as well but going through iPad is much more interactive.

    We will be with T4L for as long as they are in buisness. They now have High school stuff and they will most likely support HTML 5 in the future for iPad use as well.

    You will not be disappointed.

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    Hi, barrymissy.

    We've been using Time4Learning 5 years now. My daughter is developmentally delayed and didn't start reading until the age of 9, but she is an avid reader and loves to read now. Time4Learning has give her a love of reading and learning. Like someone else mentioned above, we will be with T4L as long as they are in business. Over the years we've tried different curriculum with our children. Since you're not new to homeschooling, I'm sure you'll agree that while one curriculum may be perfect for one child or one family, it may not work for another child or family. I can only advise you to try Time4Learning. It's really not a big investment at only $19.95 a month. Not only do they give you a 14-day money-back guarantee, but you can cancel at any time if you want to try it for a couple of months and see how it goes. It may take that long to find out whether you like it or not. Some families know right away that it's perfect, while others need more time to navigate and learn how to use the site....although it's really quite simple.

    My daughter loves the Language Arts. That is her favorite subject. She also enjoys the math, which is the subject she struggles with the most. Science and social studies are included in Time4learning as a bonus, so we supplement those a bit with good books, movies and documentaries. We also do additional writing and copy work/dictation.

    So ultimately I do suggest that you try T4L for a couple of months, at least, and read for fun. Have a basket of easy books for them to read. And have a book you read to them every day, even if it's only 10 minutes once or twice a day. If you miss a day or two, don't worry, just read to them the third day. But make it a fun time. Some libraries have story time. My kids really look forward to that. The bookstores have them too (Barnes & Noble).

    Well, I hope some of these ideas help. I really look forward to hearing back on what you found best for your kids!
    Janet
    enjoying homeschooling and learning with my kids, using T4L and T4W
    blogging our homeschool experiences at The Learning Hourglass


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